Wherever you look, prices are exploding: at the pump, on vacation, in the supermarket and for electricity. Hardly any area of everyday life is immune to inflation, and even if we are sweating in hot temperatures above 30 degrees – the thought of the coming autumn and winter, with extremely expensive electricity and possibly too little gas, gives many a chill down.
Electricity and gas have become luxury goods – and the FPÖ believes that this cannot be reconciled with the parallel megatrend towards e-mobility. In a current broadcast, she calls for an end to subsidies for e-cars – and a driving ban in winter, when electricity is sorely needed for more important things such as heating and the like.
“Electricity prices keep going up. The reason for this is the scarcity of electricity – keyword supply and demand. It is therefore the completely wrong way to continue wantonly to fuel electricity consumption by subsidizing e-cars,” said Reinhard Teufel, the spokesman for economic affairs in the Lower Austrian state parliament, the initiative of the German Finance Minister Lindner after a quick end to the excessive subsidization of electric cars implement in Austria.
An electric car is currently much more expensive than comparable diesel or petrol models. As a result, the status symbol of the Austrian bourgeoisie is almost exclusively affordable for top earners.
“The working middle class has absolutely nothing from it. The rich are sponsored by the Greens,” accuses Teufel. After all, the promotion of electric cars is a “pure clientele program for the urban Bobo scene,” he says.
In view of the additional consumption of electricity that the e-cars would cause, it is also necessary to think about a partial driving ban on these artificial power guzzlers. Especially in winter, when the energy is needed for heating and hot water, it is irresponsible to let people freeze “just because inner-city bobos want to compensate for their ailments with a Tesla,” says Teufel.
“Similar initiatives already existed in the past, when the EU set a maximum power limit for vacuum cleaners of 900W,” Teufel recalled. At that time, the aim was to save energy and save the global climate. A similar project was pursued with the end of the light bulb from 2009.
“If you can’t solve the problems on your own doorstep, then you obviously look for others,” continued the FPÖ spokesman, who reminded that the electric motor of a car does not have 80W like a light bulb or 900W like a vacuum cleaner, but start at 100,000 watts and can easily go up to 250,000 watts in the middle class. “The shield citizens would turn green with envy. It’s high time to pull the plug on the power-guzzling e-cars,” says Teufel.